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4:50 PM ET, June 20, 2010


 Top News: 
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Scribd's Decision To Dump Flash Pays Off, User Engagement Triples  —  You could call it the perfect storm.  —  Over the last few months, user engagement on Scribd has surged, according to CEO Trip Adler, thanks to its transition to HTML5, the introduction of the iPad, and Scribd's Facebook integration.
Discussion: GigaOM
Adriano Farano:
Newspass, Is Google Murdoch's best friend?  —  Find the original French version of this article on OWNI, digital journalism magazine.  —  Murdoch dreamed of it?  Google has just made it.  In its June 17 edition, the website of the respected Italian newspaper La Repubblica said the giant …
Digital gets high priority  —  Technology News: hires writers to pen webisodes — While NBC continues its battle for viewers, the net is making a heavy online push as well.
Chris Morran / The Consumerist:
NY Times Threatens Suit Over Logo For Dead Newspaper  —  The New York Herald Tribune hasn't been published since the late '60s and it would likely not be remembered by most were it not for the now-iconic image of original manic pixie dream girl Jean Seberg attempting to sell copies of the paper …
Discussion: The Hood
Nicholas Carr / San Francisco Chronicle:
As technology advances, deep reading suffers  —  Look closely at what you're reading right now.  See those little spaces between the words?  They may look unimportant, but the invention of word spaces, back in the Middle Ages, changed the course of culture.
JD Lasica / MediaShift:
6 Takeaways from ‘TechDirt Saves Journalism’ Event at Google  —  What will the journalism landscape look like five to 10 years from now?  The megatrend of unbundled, specialty-focused niche sources of online information likely spells doom for many of today's lumbering media giants.
NPR's On the Media:
Information Wants to Be Expensive (On The Media: Friday, 18 June 2010)  —  Information Wants to Be Expensive  —  The idea that “information wants to be free,” says Michael Hirschorn in the current issue of the Atlantic, has been the most powerful meme of the past 25 years.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Newspapers Aren't Investigating Honor Killings in America  —  Honor killings are horrific.  —  As I noted in my initial post on the matter, I admire and share Mark Steyn's staunch opposition to them, and I am glad that he is drawing more attention to the subject, even if he does hate my work.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Knight News Challenge: Is a wiki site coming to your city?  Local Wiki will build software to make it simple  —  Residents of Davis, Calif., have pulled off a feat that new media enthusiasts would love to replicate across the country.  Since 2004, a local site has emerged as the go-to place …
Neil Swidey / Boston Globe:
Inside the mind of the anonymous online poster  —  These users comment on everything from today's news to hotel rooms.  Many are harmless.  But some are ruthless.  Who are they exactly, and why do they do what they do?  —  On Monday, May 17, at 2 p.m., a breaking news article headlined …
the nytpicker:
NYT Columnist David Pogue Declares: “I Could Not Name You An Under-25 Year Old Who Subscribes To A Print Newspaper.”  —  Is David Pogue right?  Has an entire generation abandoned print completely, and forever?  —  The NYT's popular personal-technology columnist offered that deeply discouraging assessment …
2010 EPpy Winners Announced at Interactive Conference  —  NEW YORK  —  This year's winners of the EPpy Award, the premier award for media-affiliated Websites and blogs, were announced today by Editor & Publisher at the concluding luncheon of its Interactive Media Conference in Las Vegas.
Discussion: USA Today
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Martin Naylor / Media Week:
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
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Felix Salmon:
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Discussion: Techdirt
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Financial Times:
AOL  —  It's reassuring to have prejudices confirmed …
V. Michael Bove, Jr. / Nieman Reports:
The Future of Storytelling: A Participatory Endeavor
Wired, Wikileaks and the Hacker-Journalist Complex
Discussion: Salon and CJR
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Does The iPad Change Everything? Publishers Chime In
Discussion: DailyFinance